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“Best holiday to Malta!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of db San Antonio Hotel + Spa

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db San Antonio Hotel + Spa
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Qawra
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best holiday to Malta!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

I stayed here from the 15th-22nd July with my boyfriend and his family. This is the third time I have visited malta, but the first time in ten years! When we arrived we could not check into our room until 3pm which was a bit annoying as we had been awake for over 24 hours but we were told we could use the spa and pool which was good, better than just sitting doing nothing.
We booked two rooms; one for me and my boyfriend and one for the rest of his family and to start with they put us in rooms two floors apart! but after complaining to the reception team they sorted this out straight away and put us in rooms next door but one.
The staff are so friendly, can't speak highly enough of them! You don't have to move a muscle the pool staff are very attentive and friendly. Most staff we spoke to speak very good English so there will be no language barriers. Very cheap drink and food however found the ice cream was quite expensive, €3! There is some building work still going on but they only do it during the day when you're not really In the rooms. I went back to the room early afternoon one day as I was feeling I'll and I could not sleep as there was a lot of banging and drilling but that was the only problem I found. The maids are very friendly and talk to you in the corridors. However I found the times they clean very strange as sometimes they clean at 10am and other days they didn't come until 3-4pm. so sometimes you could go back to the room and the maid will be cleaning and it's a bit awkward! The lifts are very annoying! very slow and sometimes missing out your floor after you have pressed the button! waited ten minutes for a lift one morning. the facilities are excellent, very clean and there are plenty of sun beds so you do not need to reserve them or rush to get a good spot. the roof top pool is amazing! very clean and peaceful with amazing views. there is toilets, pool staff and towel hire available so you don't have to go all the way to the bottom. The breakfast choice was excellent, lots of variety and constantly making fresh food so it doesn't run out.
Really good value for money and me and my boyfriend are looking at coming again December/January time, looking forward to when the hotel is completed! would defo recommend you will have great time:)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Padola, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have just come back form our holiday to Malta and we spent 9 days at San Antonio and Spa hotel in Bugibba, Malta. It is a really nice hotel which offers nice facilities, such as two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a wellness centre. The bus terminal is close to the hotel and there are also a lot od shops and restaurants in the nearby, The room was comfortable and large enough for four people. We highly recommend this hotel also for families.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank silvio552
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North West England
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

I usually love this hotel. Having stayed here many times before I was looking forward to returning and to seeing the new upgrades/refurbishment to the hotel. I thought the building work would have been finished for the peak season....I was wrong.
On the plus side: the new adults-only roof-top pool is now open (and it's lovely, with a spectacular view of St Paul's Bay). The mattresses on the beds are very comfortable and have good quality mattress protectors on them. The AC units and ceiling fans in the rooms work much better than they ever did. The extended entertainments lounge is a huge bonus - previously the 'artistes' had to perform outdoors, poolside, and so there was little peace and quiet until midnight if you were in a sea-view room. The restaurant where breakfast is served has been extended making it slightly less of a bun-fight in the mornings when trying to get to the self-service counters. There's a kettle and tea and coffee in the rooms (yay - they used to charge to hire a kettle!). There's a good-sized safe (free of charge) in the room which fits a full-sized laptop in it. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and have a funky Moroccan theme to them.

It all sounds lovely, doesn't it? And it would be if the hotel was finished! I'm disappointed that db have been greedy enough to open the doors and give their customers such a poor experience - obviously they don't expect their guests to return!

The bad points: db must have added at least 250 rooms to this hotel and yet only put in one additional lift - a lot of queuing and lifts breaking-down on a regular basis. There's a lot of damp-patches in the hotel (I believe because they thought they could put the roof on tomorrow.....tomorrow came, and it rained!), meaning there is a damp/musty smell in most of the corridors. There is dust and rubble in a lot of the corridors. There are a lot of loose wires hanging down, both in the corridors and in the rooms (see pictures). There is a lot of work still going on - yesterday morning we were woken to drainage holes being drilled into the tiles around the pool, and drilling and banging from the poolside bar that is still under construction. Some of the pool features are not yet in operation (the bubble pool and the baby pool) and although the roof-top pool is now open the walls on parts of the roof have yet to be constructed. The fixtures and fittings are shoddy - the bathroom door did not close, the taps were fitted the wrong way (hot for cold and vice-versa) and there was still a dust-sheath covering the smoke alarm in our room!

This *will* be a lovely hotel when the works are finished. Don't book until 2015!

Room Tip: Wait until 2015. Then book a seaview.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank trainsandpiers
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Am staying at the hotel till 27th July with my family.
We were a little concerned about staying here after reading the reviews and we were half expecting to be walking into a building site but its a million miles away from that. There is work being done but it has had no impact on our stay here. We are in room 481 and we are more than happy. The pool area is lovely with plenty of sunbeds. The staff are all really friendly and professional. We are staying half board and im impressed with the food choices at breakfast and evening meal so far. The room is clean and is cleaned daily.
If you have booked to stay here in the next month or so have no worries about the renovations of the hotel and instead look forward to having a fantastic time.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Michael A
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Lanark, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

stayed at the san antonio from 26th june till 10th july although it is a lovely hotel just been all done up we were there last year and it was a better holiday by far the reception staff were far from friendly or helpful we had workers in our room on 2 days 3hrs each day,The electricity went off twice the first time from 10 pm till 11am with no air conditioning ,3 days in a row the toilet would not flush for about 1 hr each time, the lifts were breaking down every day and the couple that were working were being used by the men working on the roof where there was a lot of banging and grinding so all in all a terrible holiday. We stayed here last and it was far superior.

Room Tip: another hotel
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank john w
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Wisbech Saint Mary, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

The hotel in itself is rather pleasant but there is building work going on constantly, apparently they have spent €30 million on the refurbishment yet there are buckets placed around the hotel to catch leaks and there are damp patches around the walls and ceiling. The corridor carpets have not been cleaned since we arrived 6 days ago and we have invariably had to wait until mid-late afternoon for the rooms to be cleaned. The breakfasts and evening dinners are very pleasant and the restaurant staff are very efficient, the lunch times however leave a little to be desired with a lack of choice when it comes to the food options. We have booked an all inclusive package but that does not cover even half the drinks menu and if you want a snack throughout the day you half to pay extra, even with the all inclusive. We have enjoyed our week but there seem to be more cons than pros to this hotel unfortunately. Saying this is a 4* hotel is stretching it a little I'm afraid. As for the resort of Bugibba there are lots of people on the sea front trying to scam you into looking at apartments for a free boat trip, alcohol or cigarettes but don't be fooled by them, just a load of tosh.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Caroline W
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London, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

i just stayed at the san antonio hotel and had a wonderful time what a beautiful hotel and so friendly. I will definitely be returning there is a little bit of building works but nothing could tear me away from the infinity pool on the roof how lovely it is. The food was great and who ever
redesigned this hotel done a great job the reception flooring and carving is beautiful. I think some travellers have been over critical in there reviews my advice is relax and enjoy the facilities you will have a grt time cant wait to go back. A grt variety of food lots of mediterranean dishes and some maltese dishes too beautiful selection of salads.

Room Tip: please have a sea view as the view behind the hotel is that grt
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dawn M
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Property: db San Antonio Hotel + Spa
Address: Triq it Turisti, Qawra, Island of Malta SPB 1024, Malta
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Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Qawra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Qawra
#2 Family Hotel in Qawra
#2 Luxury Hotel in Qawra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — db San Antonio Hotel + Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
db San Antonio Hotel + Spa, All-Inclusive, Malta, welcomes you in its newly refurbished Moorish style hotel in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the largest hotels in Malta with over 500 rooms and suites, a variety of restaurants, bars, fitness and Spa facilities in a Moorish style and outdoor pools overlooking the picturesque St. Paul's Bay. The hotel is situated in the northern part of the island of Malta, right in the heart of Qawra, St. Paul's Bay and at a walking distance to the sandy beach, bars, restaurants, casino, National Aquarium, public transport and other amenities including fashion outlets, commodities and services. db San Antonio Hotel + Spa, All-Inclusive, Malta, offers a relaxing environment that makes your stay in Malta an amazing experience. Starting from our outdoor pools and bars to enjoy the sun with family and friends, up to our spa treatments, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and our private Jacuzzi Sultan's Bath. You can start your day with a rich and varied buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinners, you have a choice of cuisines at the various restaurants and a coffee shop within the hotel. ... more   less 
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San Antonio Hotel And Spa
San Antonio Hotel Qawra
San Antonio Malta
San Antonio Hotel Malta
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